Softball News & Highlights
March 07, 2013
Fair Goes Yard; Eagles Split S.C. Finale
Eastern looked significantly improved since Monday's initial meetings with these teams, when both the PSU-Harrisburg Nittany Lions (3-4) and the Randolph College Wildcats (13-3) shut out the Eagles by a score of 8-0.
Janelle Fair pitched both games Thursday and struck out eight batters in each game. At the plate, Fair was held hitless against PSU-Harrisburg, but pounded three hits against Randolph including a clutch home run in the bottom of the seventh.
Emily Houck shifted to shortstop Thursday and batted 6-for-8 on the day, going a perfect 4-for-4 against Randolph.
The Eagles jumped to an early lead against Randolph. In the first inning, Fair, in an eight-pitch at bat, blooped a single over the shortstop to score Jessica Figueroa from third. The Wildcats responded in the top of the second with an RBI-single. The game remained knotted at 1-1 until the bottom of the fifth when the heart of the Eagles' order strung together three straight two-out hits. Houck singled to right center, Fair followed with a bloop single and Donald sent a single to center to score Houck.
Fair ran into trouble on the mound in the top of the sixth, allowing four runs off five hits and giving the Wildcats a 5-2 lead Fair then clamped down in the seventh, holding the Wildcats scoreless. With the heart of the Eagles' lineup due up to start the bottom of the seventh, the Eagles were in a good postion to make a comeback. Houck singled up the middle to start the inning. Fair then launched a home run over the left field fence on the first pitch of the at-bat, bringing the Eagles within one. Freshman Ariel Polanco singled to left, representing the tying run at first base. Katie Kelsall pinch ran for Polanco, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then to third on a single by Erin Johnson.
Kelsall remained at third on another wild pitch by Wildcats' undefeated pitcher Kristen Hutchison and Johnson advanced to second. Johnson and Kelsall took off on a ground ball to second by Kaley Snyder, but Kelsall was tagged out by the catcher as she slid into home plate. With two outs and Johnson at third, Hutchison struck out Erica Chopas to end the game.
Against PSU-Harrisburg, Eastern scored three runs in the bottom of the second thanks to Chopas' bases-loaded walk and a throwing error by the catcher that trickled into right field allowing two runs to score.
The Nittany Lions posted three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game, but the Eagles regained the lead with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. After Jessi Baker and Jessica Figueroa walked to lead off the sixth, Houck launched a double to left center to score Baker and Figueroa. Houck scored later in the inning on an RBI-groundout by Katelyn Donald for the Eagles' sixth run.
The Eagles return north for a doubleheader against neighboring Cabrini College on March 13. The Eagles beat Cabrini 5-0 on Tuesday.
Updated: Thursday, 07 March 2013